Friday, January 20, 2017

Weekly Wrap-up: Dancing Raisins, Science Experiments and Fun!

Happy Friday! I hope you've had a wonderful week. This week was pretty smooth going for the most part and we are making progress. Here's a look at what went into our week this week:

Science and More Science
If you've been around this blog for any length of time you know I LOVE doing science experiments almost as much as my kiddo does (maybe more). So this week we had some fun experiments in our Apologia Chemistry and Physics book. We were able to learn the difference between polar and nonpolar mixtures, had some dancing raisins, and saw what dish soap, milk, and food coloring can do.

We had our last science class of this month and they made volcanoes yesterday. They talked about biomes and then to celebrate the last day of the dinosaur exhibit at the museum, they created their own volcano action. It was fun and we are looking forward to next month's session on space.

MathThis week we went back to Math Mammoth. I enjoy Singapore but for the money, Math Mammoth makes it much easier for me as the teacher to get the lessons done. So, we are combing that and Khan Academy to help fill in any gaps that may have been missed along the way.

Boo Bear likes doing the Khan Academy videos and it's free so it helps to shake things up a bit.

Reading, Writing, and Everything Else
We had some beautiful weather here this week and took advantage of it. We did some of our work outside until it got too warm and the pup needed to get some AC and water.

We read some more in the 39 Clues book and finished our audio book in the car. We were listening to the Magic Thief. It wasn't one of my favorites but we are about to start the story of Maleficent on audio so we will see about that one.

Boo Bear is reading one of the Franny K. Stein books and we picked up the George Washington biography to read as well.

Writing has taken on a new spin for us. I have started a journal book for Boo Bear and give him titles to write about. It is easier to see what he knows, where he has gaps, and what we need to work on. Plus, he enjoys writing crazy paragraphs so that he can come up with his own story. It works for both of us! He enjoys the topics and I love that it's writing without the tears.

We had some fun times around the dinner table this week too. I love that his dad gets him sooooo tickled he can't see straight.

I love my two boys. They are both amazing and keep me on my toes and in laughs daily.

Today we have friends coming over to hang out, watch the inauguration, and eat some tacos. Great way to start the weekend if you ask me.

So what did your week look like? Hope you had a fabulous one and have a wonderfully blessed weekend ahead!!!

I'm linked up with Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers today. Make sure to stop by and check out other weeks in the life of homeschoolers!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Weekly Wrap-up: Crystals, Football, Tornado Warnings and Freezes!

So, crazy week we've had here! As in we went from normal temps to tornado warnings at 1:45 in the morning to freezing cold temperatures. All in the span of about 48 hours or less!!! Then we started to normalize back out to our normal weather pattern, which means lots of beautiful days and lovely temperatures.

Here's how our week looked:

As I mentioned, this past weekend we had some crazy weather going on. It started storming Friday night and then we ended up waking up at 1:45 to the tornado warning going off.

Hubby and I got up and checked the weather and stayed up till around 2:30 when it finally calmed down. We had strobe light lighting going on and that is what concerned us. Once that storm passed, in came the cold weather. I mean, cold for Florida. Freezing temperatures, freeze warning going off all day for two days kind of cold weather. Whew what a weekend!!!

Monday we did our regular school load and moved on through our normal routine. Monday night was the big National Football championship game and of course, I watched. As much as I could anyway. It was on way past my bedtime so I only made it till the beginning of the 3rd quarter. Sigh... I'll just say this... I always have been and always will be.... a Bama girl!

The rest of our week went about normal. I had a doc appointment this week to follow up with my normal blood work so Boo Bear got to have school with Papa. Have I  mentioned how thankful I am they are closer now so they can help with school? If not, know that I am SUPER grateful!!!

We have crystals!!!!

Last week I talked about working on the crystals chapter in our Apologia science and we did our crystal kit. They were pretty cool looking too! I think the green is maybe where we had cross mojination between the orange and blue.

We are moving right along using our Singapore math and the Khan Academy website as well. I'm considering going back to Math Mammoth for the second half of fifth grade math. Mainly because it's either buy that or buy the homeschool teachers guide for the Singapore and the other book we need for that. I'm just not liking the fact that I don't have any guidance/instructions on teaching the concepts. Most concepts are okay but some of them I'm looking up cuz let's face it, it's been a LONG time since I've been in 5th grade math and it's wayyyyy different than when I was there anyway.

We had our science class yesterday too and I'm really liking the teacher this month. She's great and seems to really connect with the kids, AND they are learning something !

Sometimes.... cake for breakfast is a necessity. Don't worry, it's Trim Healthy Mama luscious lemon cake and super yummy!

This weekend will be spent, hopefully, working on some of our home projects. I want to start working on our spare bedroom to set it up for a LEGO building, Nerf storing, extra fun room. Right now it's a throw everything in it and shut the door space and I want that to change.

I think that's about it for our week. Things were pretty normal here except for doc appointments and that crazy wacky weather. How was your week this week?

Check out other homeschool Mama's weeks and see what homeschool looks like by clicking here to visit Kris's site. Thanks for hosting the link up and thanks for stopping by!!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Thankful Thursday

810. I'm thankful for cool weather and hoodies that are comfy and fuzzy.

811. I'm thankful that I got great results back from my regular blood work. Always nice to have the doc write smiley faces all over your lab results

812. I'm thankful for a surprise mid-week date night with my hubby. It's always fun time spent together when we get to sneak off for dinner.

813. I am thankful for the experiences I have had this past year and looking forward to what God has in store this year.

814. I'm thankful for coffee on those mornings I just want to sleep in instead of getting up and moving around.

815. I'm thankful for new adventures ahead. Planning on traveling more this year and it's exciting to just think about.

816. I'm thankful for those times when you know that you know that you know that you have a word for the year and a focus you feel drawn towards. It's an amazing thing and I am excited to see how it plays out.

817. I'm thankful for pens of all ink colors as I have quite a thing for them. (you think I'm kidding)

818. I'm thankful for crazy days and wacky adventures that you never know where they are going to take you.

819. I'm thankful for God's peace that passes any understanding we have here. I've seen it work in many instances in the past few months and it still amazes me.

So, what are you thankful for today? Even if you think you have nothing to be thankful for, look around you. Are you breathing today? Did you wake up? Do you have a job that you might hate but it still feeds your family right now? There are always things to be grateful for if you just take a minute to stop and think!!! Be Blessed today!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Weekly Wrap-up

So.... I'm hoping to get these started back up. To be honest, the weekly wrap-up is one of my favorite posts to write. It always helps me to look at what we've actually accomplished this week and not just feel like I'm always behind. I said "I" because I mean that. It's me. I'm the one behind :).

So, here goes!

Back From The Holidays
As soon as the gifts were opened and family left, I lost my kiddo to the mound of LEGO projects he had in front of him. His entire Christmas break was spent building the kits he received for Christmas and he was as happy as could be. One of his favorites was the Millenium Falcon from the new Star Wars movie. I've officially lost him to that too. He's in love and has seen all of the movies, including the newest one.

This was two days of work for him.
Of course, I'm okay with that because come on. Star Wars is one of my faves too!!

We started this week off early with a fasting blood work run for me. That's something I do every 4 to 6 months or so. It also means breakfast out on the town with Boo Bear, so he's okay getting up that early. He's been sleeping till 8:30 or 9:00, sometimes later recently. Think we are hitting that phase where pre-teen, teen sleeping patterns are trying to kick in. Whew!

This is how Mama functions on those early morning days.

We've been slowly edging our way back into the school routine this week. We started Monday and have actually made a full week of school go smoothly. We've started our Crystals chapter in science this week so we brought out the crystal growing kit he received a few months ago. They are slowly and surely starting to peek out of the water so hopefully next week we will have a shot of the progress.

We also started our science classes back up this week so he's excited about that. Drama will be on hold as this semester there were conflicts. So, Mama is enjoying the break and Boo Bear will try out some new adventures.

We've been working on Khan academy as well as his Singapore math books. I'm trying to make it different and get us out of a rut. He's loving using both and it makes it easier to practice topics he's struggling on. I love the reports Khan gives me and also that it shows me areas he's having a little trouble with. We've been doing some tough math here lately so shaking it up is always a breath of fresh air.

I started him writing short paragraphs/stories this week to help with his handwriting and grammar. He's a typical boy and doesn't usually like to write, but when I pick the "right" topics, he enjoys it. ;-) All in how Mama handles it! I'm very proud of his writing and glad that he's picked up as much as he has. As Mom, we always tend to second guess ourselves or wonder if we're doing enough.

In our reading time together we're reading the 2nd book in The 39 Clues Cahills vs. Vespers series. We LOVE these series and have enjoyed listening to the first series a few times over. Now we're into the second one and hopefully we can keep up with these amazing adventures. You should really check into these if you're looking for a fun, action filled series for your kiddos. (I even like listening to them and the hubby doesn't mind them either.)

So, I think that's about it for now! We are excited to get this second half of 5th grade moving and grooving. Normalcy is good. I enjoy the break every now and then but my normal routine is what I crave. How about you??

Check out other homeschool wrap-ups by clicking over to see Kris's site. I'm linked up with them there and hope you have a wonderful week!!!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Thankful Thursday

800. Wow! I'm thankful I've reached 800! This is an amazing thing and we are almost to 1000 gifts! What a blessing!

801. I'm thankful for normalcy returning. While we enjoy all the holiday season has to bring, normalcy is amazing as well.

802. I'm thankful for school progressing this week. I was concerned as it was our first week back, but so far, so good.

803. I'm thankful that Boo Bear's science classes start up today. He loves those classes and I love that he enjoys them.

804. I'm thankful for a church family that treats my family as their own.

805. I'm thankful for amazing adventures last year and excited to see what this year holds.

806. I'm thankful for post-it notes. Yes. Post it notes. I have them everywhere. Without them, I'd be a mess. :)

807. I'm thankful that when I feel down or discouraged on my weight loss progress, there's always someone that comments on how great I am looking. It is very, very slow going and I get easily discouraged when the scale doesn't move or people who've been eating like I do for a very short time have already lost more than me. (I'm being real here for a minute). But God always sends someone along to encourage me. I have more problems than normal that fight me everyday on this process so I have to keep on keeping on. And I am :)

808. I'm thankful for growth in the youth group. It's been almost a year since I started working with the group and the growth has amazed all of us leaders.

809. I'm thankful for clean fresh sheets. Nothing like slipping into the bed at the end of a long day and inhaling that fresh out of the laundry smell.

So, what blessings are you counting today? Be grateful and count your blessings even in the darker times. You'd be amazing at what just taking a few minutes everyday to be thankful can do!!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Search Me O God....

I have had the Jesus Calling devotional for awhile now. I love to go in and read the posts and the scriptures and I find that even if I've read them before, there's a new gem of knowledge every time. Today's devotional was no different.

Today's devotional had a snippet from Psalms 139. However, it is one of those Psalms that I start reading a few verses and end up reading the entire Psalm as it is soooo on point at that moment.

The verses that stuck out to me today were 23 and 24. These verses kind of get in your face and make you stop and thinks. They are also quite dangerous. Did you know the scripture could be dangerous?

The scriptures say:

"Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting".

Search me. When you truly ask for God to search your heart, get ready. What happens when you take a light and shine it in the dark places? Things that have tried to hide from the light are seen. Things that would rather stay in the darkness are found out and have to be dealt with. Consider a bug. It hides in the dark because it "knows" it will be dealt with in the light. Darkness provides it security to do what it wants.

When we ask God to search us, we will have things in our heart brought in to the light. When we pray this we need to be ready to allow God to bring those things to our attention, and then to deal with them with His grace and mercy.

Think about this. We all have a room in our house, you know the one. The one that the door is shut any time guests are there because it has all the clutter and storage from other rooms that need to be dealt with. They need to be dealt with and put away or gotten rid of, however we aren't ready to handle them yet.

Basically we are asking God to come clean up our room. The room of our heart. Where cobwebs and dirt can seep in and cause major problems if we do not deal with it. Hard feelings. Bitterness. Hurt. Lies. Becoming lazy in our faith walk. Holding hurt against others. Thoughts and feelings that we need to leave at the foot of the cross instead of in our heart.

If you read the rest of Psalm 139 it talks about the fact that there's no where you can go that God doesn't know. There's no where you can hide that He doesn't see. He knows what's in your heart already, but when you ask Him to search your heart, it's asking Him to help you deal with those things that are there. Find any wicked way in me, God and help me to deal with it.

As dangerous as it can be, it's also freeing and amazing to have God lift those burdens of things you're holding on to. When God comes in and searches your heart, and you're ready to deal with what He shows you, things change. Your faith grows. Your burden is lighter. And God do more through you than you ever imagined.

That's my prayer this year. As I'm learning how to Be Still and let God take care of things, I feel He's also wanting to search my heart. God, I pray that you search me and that I'm ready to handle what you find. The dark places that I may have hidden away or the places that are filled with junk. Search me God, and know my heart...

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Thankful Thursday

790. I'm thankful for an amazing Christmas time spent with family.

791. I'm thankful that we get to spend some time with our best friends this coming weekend to celebrate the year together.

792. I'm thankful that through all the mess this past month, that I've been close to my parents to assist and that there is starting to be a light at the end of this tunnel.

793. I'm thankful that no matter what, everything has a reason and a purpose. Sometimes we don't see that reason or purpose, but it still doesn't happen just because. There's a lesson to be learned. Sometimes by us and sometimes by those who are around us as we go through tough situations.

794. I'm thankful for my amazing hubby that never ceases to amaze me. He just gets me. Even his gifts to me this year were so... me :). Love you babe!

 795. I love these two more than words can ever express. They are my laughter, my adventure, my excitement. They keep me on my toes. Literally... with LEGO's and Nerf darts running rampant.
796. I'm thankful for amazing friends and family that are there no matter what is going on. I can count on them and am thankful that God has placed these people in my path and in my life.

797. I'm thankful for seeing Christmas through his eyes. Not only seeing the birth of our Savior through his perspective, but the magic that this time of year brings. He is an amazing gift from God!

798. I'm thankful for this little bloggy part of my world. I haven't blogged near as much as I wanted to this past year because things have gotten crazy. You can see what my plans are to do about that this year with my post from Tuesday.

799. I'm thankful for God pushing me out of my comfort zone this year. I don't know what He is thinking but it has to be big. I was given amazing opportunities over the past year and they were unbelievable and something I never could have even imagined. God had it, He has this next year in His hands, and I get to go along for the ride.

What are you thankful for as we approach this new year? What blessings are you counting today?